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There has been a deadlyvirus scare at Heathrow. A passenger fell ill with suspected coronavirus on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to London this morning. The unnamed passenger was reportedly isolated at the back of the plane, but staff dealing with the incident were not said to be wearing face masks or protective clothing. The other passengers were later released. In other news,two MPs have self-isolatedafter attending the UK bus summit in London, where one delegate has since tested positive for the disease. It comes as Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme, said the body has not offered advice to the IOC about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics yet.Our liveblog has all the latest. But there were jubilant scenes in Cambodia this morning as passengers on a cruise ship barred from ports across Asia werefinally able to disembark.
Meanwhile, lung disease experts have warnedsmokers are at increased riskof coronavirus complications as new research sheds more light on who is most susceptible to the disease. The large volume of data now being released shows clear patterns among those falling ill. If you are commuting home on public transport,here is a guide to avoiding hotspotsthat could spread coronavirus. AndTom Reesreports on how the eurozone hassuffered its worst growth since the debt crisisas coronavirus darkens the economic outlook on the continent.
Police probe into ‘transphobic’ tweets ruled unlawful
Humberside Police unlawfully interfered with a man’s right to freedom of expression byturning up at his place of work over his allegedly “transphobic” tweets, the High Court has ruled. Former police officer Harry Miller, who founded campaign group Fair Cop, said the police’s actions had a “substantial chilling effect” on his right to free speech. In a ruling today, the police were compared to the Stasi and the Gestapo by judge Mr Justice Julian Knowles after Mr Miller claims an officer told him that he had not committed a crime, but that his tweeting was being recorded as a “hate incident”.Read the views Mr Miller expressed on Twitterabout proposed reforms to the law on gender recognition.
Man Utd’s Solskjaer under fire over ex-player rape case
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unfit to manage Manchester United, the woman sitting opposite angrily proclaims. She is not referring to results under Solskjaer at the club. She says she wasraped by one of his players, a player who has been accused of another three rapes and who is now a fugitive from justice after Solskjaer had controversially continued playing him.Ben Rumsbyhas thefirst UK media interviewwith her about Molde midfielder Babacar Sarr, following a huge trial which gripped Norway. Here ishow the story unfolded, from the rape charge to being picked by Solskjaer and the issue of an international arrest warrant.Read the questions we put to Manchester Unitedthat they did not answer. And reada lawyer’s viewof what should have happened.
British woman Stephanie Simpson was found dead today after a five-day search and rescue operation in one of New Zealand’s most rugged areas, police have confirmed. The 32-year-old was reported missing on Monday morning, local time, when she did not turn up to her job as a gardener in the South Island township of Wanaka.Video shows the difficult terrainshe faced hiking Brewster Track, an eight-hour return alpine trek recommended for advanced hikers only, crossing several risky rivers.
World news: The one story you must read today…
French Oscars chaos| The entire board of the Csar Academy, which runs Frances equivalent of the Oscars,has resignedamid condemnation of its nomination of a film by Roman Polanski, the director accused of statutory rape, for 12 awards. The shock resignations come two weeks before the glittering Csar awards ceremony.Read on for details.
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Business and money briefing
Eurozone’s weak growth| The German economy grew 0pc in the fourth quarter of 2019 as the euro hit a three-year low against dollar. As a second estimate of eurozone GDP finds the weakest growth since the first quarter of 2013,follow the latest on our business liveblog.
Six Nations| As the third round of the championship approaches,Will Greenwoodexamines where each sidehas been excelling or faltering.
Britain by Barge: Then & Now, Channel 5, 9pm
Proposing on Valentine’s Day| Prepare for the onslaught of “he put a ring on it #engaged” Instagram posts. Valentine’s Day is the most popular day of the year to pop the question with an estimated 36pc of all proposals. But gone are the days when women waited for diamond rings.Sarah Royce-Greensillreveals the new rules.